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World Ag Expo

Tulareans put on their orange jackets and embrace the world each year when more than 100,000 visitors from far and wide attend the World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center.

Held the second week of February – Feb. 14-16 are the 2012 show dates – the World Ag Expo is touted as the world's largest annual agriculture exposition and has attracted visitors from Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as from neighboring Canada and Mexico.

The show has grown steadily over the last 44 years and now 1,600 exhibitors from around the world come here to display their farm equipment and other products on 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space.

Hundreds of local residents leave behind their normal schedules to work at the show each year, donning orange jackets that identify them as trained volunteers.

The show also features a variety of free seminars that tackle the important issues facing the local and world-wide agricultural community. For men and women who delight in good food, the show also features cooking demonstrations by chefs from top California restaurants.

Admission to World Ag Expo is $12 or $30 for a three-day pass. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. More information is available at www.worldagexpo.com.

**Article borrowed with permission from Discover Magazine/Valley Voice Newspaper.

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